Democratic candidate for governor lags in polls, loses support from top teachers union

Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., lost an endorsement from a top teachers union in his re-election race for not adequately addressing education issues, and the announcement comes after several recent polls show him falling behind Republican challenger Joe Lombardo. Nevada’s gubernatorial race.

The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) announced that after interviewing both gubernatorial candidates, they will not be making any endorsements for this year’s election, despite endorsing Sisolak in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

The union said its reasoning for withholding approval was due to Sisolak’s “record” and lack of plans for the problems currently facing the education system.

“In the 2018 gubernatorial election, CCEA endorsed Steve Sisolak. We helped him win the primary and go on to win the general election. Sisolak has a record and it was important to know what he would change going forward,” CCEA said in a statement that reveals their decision. “We expected to hear a plan to address these issues over the next four years, and we didn’t.”

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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks during a press conference following the mass shooting at the country music festival on Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks during a press conference following the mass shooting at the country music festival on Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas.
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“CCEA cannot endorse Steve Sisolak for re-election and will not provide an endorsement in the 2022 governor’s race,” the union said.

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The Real Clear Politics average, which tracked the governor’s race, found that Sisolak led from April to August, but in early October, Lombardo turned the tables and secured the lead.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, left, and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, left, and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo
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A recent CNN poll revealed that Lombardo garnered more support than Sisolak from likely voters in Nevada, 48% to 46%. The Republican also leads among independent voters by 7 percentage points, 47% to 40%.

The poll was conducted among Nevada voters from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

GOP nominee Joe Lombardo is leading the governor's race in Nevada against Gov. Steve Sisolak, above.

GOP nominee Joe Lombardo is leading the governor’s race in Nevada against Gov. Steve Sisolak, above.
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Another poll conducted by Nevada Independent/OH Predictive Insights found that if the election were held today, 45% of likely voters said they would vote for Lombardo, while Sisolak received 42% support. According to the survey, 5% of respondents are still unsure about their mid-term choice.

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The Nevada Independent poll was conducted in Nevada from Sept. 20 to Sept. 29, with a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.

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